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Matt Calkins: Enjoy Kenny Mayne while you can, as he closes out his ESPN career

SEATTLE – There was only one worry Kenny Mayne had after opting to walk away from ESPN after 27 years.

It wasn’t the thought of being rudderless. It wasn’t anxiety over what he’d do next. It was that maybe, just maybe people wouldn’t care that he was gone.

“My only fear was, ‘What if I put out the statement on Twitter and like five people respond?’ You know, like nobody,” said the 61-year-old Mayne, the longtime SportsCenter anchor who was born in Kent, Washington, and has a house in nearby Kirkland. “But I was seriously overwhelmed by the response.”

An outpouring of admiration and acclaim followed Mayne’s announcement Monday, when he characterized his departure as a “salary cap casualty” (he told The Athletic he was asked to take a 61% pay cut). Some tweets nearly brought the famously stone-faced Mayne to tears. But come on – how else would people

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